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Over 50 craft talks, panels, presentations, and more
The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is eclectic, comprehensive, balanced, and diverse, featuring over 50 craft talks, workshops, panels, and other presentations on literary craft, current trends, special topics, publishing, and more.
Sessions cover all major genres and forms—fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, memoir, young adult, and genre fiction—while also touching on editing, publishing, the business of writing, and the writing life. We also highlight special topics like travel writing, climate change, graphic novels, translation, disability studies, hybrid forms, social justice, and more.
Beyond regular sessions, we also offer advanced workshops with selected conference faculty on Thursday before the conference begins.
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